5 Scenic Road Trips to take this Autumn
Taking a road trip allows you to get off the beaten path and see communities and natural wonders, not just a train track or a view from 36,000 feet. Meandering through the countryside is a great way to relax. An Argyll road trip is perfect for the backpackers who are thrill-seekers, adventurers, beach lovers, history lovers and all those in between. While you might be used to using trains or buses to get around as a backpacker, renting a car is an exciting way to see what Argyll has to offer!
1 – Argyll Costal Route
If you’re a fan of seafood, sea air and stunning sunsets then the Argyll Coastal Route will be the drive of your life! Set off from the banks of Loch Lomond to explore Scotland’s west coast and travel the scenic route to Fort William. Discover the excellent produce of Loch Fyne, the fascinating history of the Auchindrain Township and the astonishingly diverse landscapes – from sea shores to mountain top.
2- Rest & be Thankful to Loch Lomond
If you like your Scottish scenery big and bold, love lochs and fancy some wildlife spotting on the horizon, this is the route for you! Situated just north-west of Glasgow is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks, Loch Lomond. Along the banks of this loch you will find breath-taking views, incredible walks and a route directly into the vast wilderness of the West of Scotland. To fully appreciate the 24 miles of loch, walk up to the An Ceann Mor viewing point and take in the stunning scenery.
3- Shores of Loch Eck
Why not use Stratheck Holiday Park as your base to explore the beautiful shores of Loch Eck? Stop off at the beautiful Argyll Forest Park and enjoy some of the most magnificent unspoiled scenery, and quiet serene roads. Take a break with our Friends at Benmore Botanic Gardens and stroll through their stunning Himalayan gardens before having a bite to eat at their cosy onsite café. The scenic seven-mile long stretch of Loch Eck makes for a serene day out!
Start at Loch Awe Holiday Park and follow the A816 up Argyll’s beautiful west coast, skirting round lochs and through small villages on route to Oban and turn off for Seafari Adventures on Easdale island. They offer a range of 5-star wildlife watching trips, with itineraries including whale spotting, excursions to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool and a tour of a seal colony en route to the islands of Iona and Staffa.
5- Loch Awe
Loch Awe runs 41km in length and makes for a great road trip. The ruins of Kilchurn Castle makes an epic reflection shot if you catch Loch Awe on a still day. It’s a short walk from the road to the edge of the lake but thanks to the mountains, ducks and castle its an ideal spot to stop off for pictures! Loch Awe is defined by a wonderfully wild shoreline. Soaring mountains seem to sweep up from the water and are mirrored in the lochs glassy surface. Quaint villages stud the shoreline, hubs for walkers and city-escapees. The beauty of Loch Awe is undeniable.